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2nd Dan ITF Taekwon-do Instructor. I have trained 3-5 times a week since 2005 and moved to an ITF-based school in 2009. I tend to be a technician and have been focused on ITF technical theory since 2010. I own a copy of the 1995 Condensed and 2008 15 Volume ITF Encyclopaedia and have authored my own reference guide on ITF Patterns.

I also train in Ninjitsu and attend other martial arts classes and seminars to hone my self defence skillset as well as glean insights, knowledge and techniques to help my students develop effective self defensive strategies and Taekwon-do skills.


May
7
comment Designs for a Board Breaker / Board Holder?
I've been meaning to post it in my reply for a while now, but the way StackExchange does the posts, it'll take me a while to get the images inline. Where as if I could just copy and paste from the Wordpress... I'll get it post here, eventually!
May
1
comment Why should I wear my gi with left side over right side?
It may be something akin to button sides, which would explain the difference in death: primermagazine.com/2010/field-manual/… "Mens’ buttons are on the right side because men have always tended to dress themselves and most men (and women, for that matter) are right-handed. Womens’ buttons are on the left side because years ago (say, during the Victorian Era), the women that could afford fancy clothing with a bunch of buttons would rely on maids to help dress them."
Jan
17
comment Designs for a Board Breaker / Board Holder?
@slugster: THAT is funny (and so very true)!
Jun
6
comment How can I speed up the recovery of a bruised leg?
No worries =) As to the low block, it's a TKD low block, so it was "proper", but yea... metacarpal < tibia! BUT my sparing partner did say "ouch, that was a heck of an elbow", so I took that as a big compliment!
Jun
6
comment How can I try to engage students who don't really want to be there?
This is a more traditional approach, and it has its merits. But I find that swallowing my pride a little bit and employing a few tricks can get even the disengaged students involved most of the time. See my answer below for more details. Definitely agree with "Show them respect, be friendly, but don't be a friend" though!
Jun
6
comment How can I speed up the recovery of a bruised leg?
Swimming is likely better than jogging, less impact. Also with icing, be careful not to leave the ice pack on too long (going numb is not good =)
Apr
24
comment “Rules” for weight distribution per FOOT (not leg, foot) for any given stance/intent?
@stslavik: it may well translate to your own Bujinkan. I have actually never asked nor heard how the instructor describes the art. The fellow student who got me involved referred to it as Ninjitzu so I have as well (and have until now not been corrected =). This weekend I have a seminar described as: "Planning to teach Togakure Ninja Biken, Kihon Waza (tenchi ryaku no maki), Taijutsu based on Soke and Nagato Sensei`s classes and Bo." That description makes me think of: "I know karate, and a few other Japanese words!" =) Hopefully after the seminar I will have a better understanding.
Apr
24
comment “Rules” for weight distribution per FOOT (not leg, foot) for any given stance/intent?
thanks for the YouTube link (though I need a US proxy to view it, so it will have to wait for home). As to your question; I'm working form the assumption you are in the proper/perfect/whatever stance for the situation and/or for the next technique (a tall ask, I know), I just want to focus on the ins and outs of weight distribution across the foot. Certainly in some stances it's less of a factor (if at all), one-legged stances for example (but even then you wouldn't want your weight focused in your heel). Teasing stances apart to this level may not make sense, but I want to see if it does =)
Apr
24
comment “Rules” for weight distribution per FOOT (not leg, foot) for any given stance/intent?
Excellent Excellent Excellent! This is a wonderful insight into how balance, weight distribution and motion are all thought of and utilized in Bujinkan Ninpo Taijutsu. I was able to follow along thru this write-up (thankfully, everything was defined), and it doesn't differ too much from the TKD Encyclopaedia wording-wise (Ichimonji no Kamae sounds very much like Fixed or L-Stance). Do take a look at the Yoga video I posted in the Q above, you may find it as interesting as I did. Is there anyway I can talk you out of a copy of this student handbook? It seems excellent!
Apr
23
comment “Rules” for weight distribution per FOOT (not leg, foot) for any given stance/intent?
@stslavik: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninjutsu . With the political "issues" that have occurred in TKD (WTF, ITF, ITF#2, ITF#3, plus the new faction in the ITF...) I have endeavored to stay apolitical. I've only been in the "Ninjitzu" class since the beginning of the year, so I have actively not asked about the name or the politics. The instructor is good, focuses on practical applications, and has us involved in some really good seminars. So, frankly, I don't much care if we are practicing the art of the Flying Spaghetti Monster =)
Apr
23
comment “Rules” for weight distribution per FOOT (not leg, foot) for any given stance/intent?
Excellent answer! This is very much along the lines that I am looking for! I think you have a lot of merit in saying that natural foot weight dist. is "best" but as in Ninjitzu there are distinct advantages to moving more weight forward. Plus as a barefoot runner myself, I've read a lot of articles and a few studies that make the suggestion that modern footwear may have disrupted our "natural" instincts more than a bit. As to rotating on the heel rather than ball of your foot, that too is interesting! In TKD, I believe all of the rotations are on the ball of the foot (per the Encyclopaedia).
Apr
23
comment “Rules” for weight distribution per FOOT (not leg, foot) for any given stance/intent?
So... now I just have to remember 3 rules, rather than lists of stances. As to this question... I'd like to get some insights from others TKD'ers, Ninjitzu'ers and other Martial Artists as to the reasons they shift their weight forward to the balls of their feet, or backward onto their heals, in the hopes that I can obtain a deeper understanding of this minuscule aspect of stances so as to (hopefully) develop a similar set of rules for myself and my students.
Apr
22
comment “Rules” for weight distribution per FOOT (not leg, foot) for any given stance/intent?
I like to try and build logical sets of rules to classify things, rather than remember lists of seemingly unrelated items. A good example of this is the left/right characterization of TKD stances - The rules to determine if a stance is left or right are: 1) If one leg is carrying more weight, it determines the side. 2) Else the weight distribution is equal, so if one leg is forward, it determines the side. 3) Else weight is even and neither foot is forward, therefore there is no left/right "side" to the stance. L-Stance fits rule #1, Walking Stance fit rule #2, and Sitting Stance fits rule #3.
Apr
20
comment “Rules” for weight distribution per FOOT (not leg, foot) for any given stance/intent?
Firstly, sorry for the glibness of my last message, on a re-read, it can sound worst then I intended. I can see you understand my question, so I will again endeavour to refine it. @Dave: I agree, I rewrote at the request of Matt, so I will try again...
Apr
20
comment “Rules” for weight distribution per FOOT (not leg, foot) for any given stance/intent?
I disagree, but I'm not the rule maker here. this is about getting some insights into a specific feature of stances across a range of martial arts in order to inform myself as an instructor in ITF TKD on why one might have a 50/50 distribution across heel and toes, or a 2/3 1/3, etc. Writing it as a "what is the best weight distribution across a foot and why" is more fodder for a Martial Arts pissing contest (which is also against the rules), but ok...